Over the past few months, Americans everywhere have been completely focused on the presidential election. That’s why Barack Hussein Obama has seen this as the perfect opportunity to quietly carry out a series of interviews in which he shamelessly tries to shape his legacy by presenting a favorable view of his presidency.
The Washington Post reported that Obama is trying to portray himself as a rational figure in an arena full of irrational ones. Despite the fact that many feel he has been one of the worst leaders we’ve ever had, Obama rarely admits his mistakes in interviews.
“I know there are problems that I say to myself, if maybe I was a little more gifted I might have been able to solve,” Obama told the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in an interview for Vanity Fair in September. “But that’s not because I believe what I did was a mistake. It’s that maybe it required the talents of a Lincoln.”
The Post reported:
Behind the scenes, the White House has worked hard to help package the productions for maximum media hagiography, carving out extra time on the president’s schedule for portrait photographs and glossy videos to accompany the stories.
New York’s cover package, titled “Eight years in Obama’s America,” included a separate interview with Vice President Biden. And Obama posed for a series of black-and-white portraits, including one capturing him in silhouette as he gazed out of the White House at the Washington Monument.
The magazine billed the package as “a very early draft of his memoirs.”
“He’s definitely in a period of reflection,” said Stephanie Cutter, a former White House and Obama campaign aide.
Aides said the multimedia packages are the fruit of a carefully considered strategy after the November 2014 midterm elections to ensure that Obama could break through the rapid-fire daily news cycle and make the case for his accomplishments amid the cacophony of the 2016 campaign.
Four years ago, as he ran for reelection, Obama told CBS’s Charlie Rose that the biggest mistake of his first term was his failure to “tell a story” about the rapid change his administration was pursuing. When Democrats were routed in the midterm elections two years ago, Obama was criticized by some allies for not promoting his accomplishments loudly enough.
Aides said the White House was hesitant to do so, particularly on the economy, because even though economic data showed sustained growth, many Americans were still feeling financially insecure.
“If you’re not willing to tout your own accomplishments, then nobody else will, either, and that was clear after the midterms,” Cutter said.
The White House communications team settled on a plan to make Obama available for more in-depth, thematic interviews that addressed the broad goals of his presidency. Aides thought the long-form format, tailored to specific policy areas, played to the strengths of the former law professor who favors full-length conversations over sound bites.
Although the process would be more time-consuming, the finished packages would have a greater impact than “the garden-variety, ceremonial-type events,” said Shailagh Murray, a senior adviser to the president who coordinated the effort with White House communications director Jennifer Psaki.
Obama can try to shape his legacy as much as he wants, but it isn’t going to change the fact that he has been one of the WORST presidents that we have ever had! SHARE this story if you want Obama OUT of the White House!